QC Watershed Workshops engage students in exploring how they connect to water locally and around the world. Through hands-on workshops, they learn how their actions affect land and water. Students will discover everyday solutions for protecting our vital waters. They will assess the impact of human activities on watersheds and make a plan to protect their local watershed.

Where does our water come from and where does it go? How do our actions in our community impact our water? What can we do to protect our water for today and the future?

Watershed Workshops

Watershed workshops are offered in the classroom, by virtual means, or on-the-school ground. They are approximately 40 minutes long.

Kindergarten

Students will explore our connections to each other and the world. Our relationships with food, water, energy, air, land, and all living things are linked. Students will learn how water becomes polluted and what that means for our health and that of our environment. Students will explore ways to protect water in their home, school, and the local community.

Grade 1

Students will identify personal actions that they can take to help maintain a healthy environment for all living things. Students will describe the characteristics of a healthy environment, including clean air and water, and explain why it is important for all living things to have a healthy environment. Students will learn how water becomes polluted and what that means for our health and the health of plants and animals. Students will explore ways to protect water in their home, school, and the local community.

Grade 2

Students will explore how they are connected to their local water and how that water is connected to water around the world, from our ditches and creeks to the groundwater and sewers out to the world's oceans. Students will assess the impact of human activities on air and water in the environment, and explore how our actions and those of sectors in our communities impact our land and water. Students will plan a course of action to help conserve and protect water in the local community.

Grade 3

Students will explore how they are connected to their local water and how that water is connected to water around the world. Students will explore the impact of human action on land, water and soils, and suggest ways in which humans can affect soils positively and/or lessen or prevent harmful effects on soils. Students will plan a course of action to help conserve and protect water in the local community.

Grade 4

Students will explore how they are connected to their local water and how that water is connected to water around the world. Students will explore forest and wetland habitats as areas that provide plants and animals with the necessities for survival as well as their role in water conservation and protection, a vital resource for all life. Students will identify factors that affect the ability of plants and animals to survive in a specific habitat. Students will plan a course of action to help conserve and protect water in the local community.

Grade 5

Students will gain an understanding of watersheds and discuss environmental issues and solutions from various perspectives in their local community including industry, business, agriculture, school, and home. Students will explore current issues and solutions related to water including climate change, flooding to drought, contamination, and conservation. Students will plan a course of action to help conserve and protect water in the local community.

Grade 6

Students will assess human impacts on our local lands and water, and identify ways of preserving biodiversity. Students will explore how their local water is connected to water around the world and explore local and global environmental issues around water conservation and water protection. Students will plan a course of action to help conserve and protect water in the local community.

Grade 7

Students will explore ways in which humans impact our local lands and waters and how those interactions impact the natural environment. Students will explore ways in which human activities alter balances and interactions in the environment. Students will plan a course of action to help conserve and protect water in the local community.

Grade 8

Students will investigate factors that affect local water quality and specifically in their local watershed. Students will discuss a range of local water issues from water contamination to waste and drinking water treatment. Students will develop an understanding of their connection to their local watershed and how their choices impact water. Students will learn about CAs role in water management and planning from flooding and low water to water monitoring and protection. Students will plan a course of action to help conserve and protect water in the local community.

Water Stewardship and Sustainability Outdoor Program (full-day/half-day)

This workshop is most suited to grades 7 to 12 and is hosted at a local park or conservation area. It has a half-day or full-day program option. 

Students will learn about their local watershed. They will take part in basic water quality sampling to learn the health of a local water body. This teaches them how water quality is monitored. Students will explore current local water concerns and protection solutions. In the full-day program, students will discuss water access issues and hardships, and water conservation. Through team-building activities, they will better understand the earth's water system and their own role in caring for this resource. 

Book A Workshop

Contact Quinte Conservation's Outreach and Stewardship Coordinator to discuss booking a Watershed Workshop for your group.